Gareon Conley accused of rape the day before being selected by the Oakland Raiders in the NFL Draft

The Ohio State cornerback was accused of rape 24 hours before being selected by the NFL team

Gareon Conley was selected by the Oakland Raiders in the NFL Draft despite being accused of rape
Gareon Conley was selected by the Oakland Raiders in the NFL Draft despite being accused of rape

An American football player was selected in Thursday night’s first round of the NFL Draft, just 24 hours after he was accused of rape.

Gareon Conley, 24, of Massillon Ohio, was selected by the Oakland Raiders as the 24th overall pick in Thursday’s Draft, which sees the best collegiate talent selected to play in the National Football League next season.

However, the Ohio State cornerback was accused on Wednesday of sexually assaulting a woman in Cleveland, when his name was included in a police report.

Conley denied the allegations as “completely false”, and no charges have been filed with no information being passed on to prosecutors.

Conley looked to be a guaranteed first-round Draft pick, but the rape allegations meant that a number of teams hesitated in moving for the cornerback. One team is believed to have made Conley sit through a polygraph test, which he passed, but he was expected to have been selected in the first 14 picks had there not been any accusations made against him.

Conley was accused of meeting a woman on 9 April in Cleveland and taking her back to his hotel room. The woman accused him of having sex with her after she told him to stop, though witnesses have said that Conley did nothing wrong.

Conley was expected to go in the first 14 picks but suffered due to the allegations
Conley has been one of Ohio State's star players over the last two years

The Associated Press reported that Conley will speak to police on Monday, as well as provide them with a DNA sample.

Oakland couldn’t pass up the opportunity to select a high-first-round Draft pick and firmly believe in his innocence by doing so. His selection adds the much-needed depth to their secondary, with Conley starting every game for Ohio State over the last two years, and boasts a slim 37 per cent completion rate for quarterbacks when throwing in his direction.

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